Moles are a very common type of skin growth. So common, in fact, that nearly every adult will have at least a few. Developed in childhood and adolescence, most moles are harmless and do not require treatment.
What are Moles?
Moles often begin as a dark brown spot and are created when clusters of melanin (skin pigment) form. According to the American Academy of Dermatology, the average person has between ten and forty moles. Most moles are brown in color, but they come in all shapes and sizes. They are typically round or oval in shape with a size smaller than the diameter of a pencil eraser. Moles can develop anywhere on the body and can change over the course of a lifetime.